7th Grade

Diversity

Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionists of colonial America, and in establishing the school that now bears his name, he insisted that it be open to boys and girls of all religious affiliations.  The concept around which everything revolves at Moses Brown is the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.

In history, they contemplate whose stories are included in–and excluded from–our national narrative. They wrestle with the complexity of historical figures like Christopher Columbus–was he a hero, a villain, neither, or both?  They study the impact of wolves in Yellowstone National Park from the perspectives of ecologists, ranchers and more, and devise a walking tour of Boston that illustrates the history of Revolutionary America.  In English, they use slam and spoken-word poetry to present their conclusions about racial justice.  In short, they are constantly asked to consider things from multiple perspectives.

For all of the work in the classroom, middle school days are full of learning (and teachable) moments across campus.  Caring faculty and staff help students both discover who they are and appreciate the differences around them.  In advisory discussions, presentations by nationally recognized speakers like Gene Luen Yang, the Middle School GSA (Gender and Sexuality Awareness) club, and Students of Color affinity sessions, all provide middle school students with many opportunities to deepen their understanding of the value of diversity.  Students also participate in SPEAKS – Speak with Purpose, Enthusiasm, Awareness, and Kindness Sessions.

In doing so, they hone the values and skills they will need to succeed in an interconnected world, and create an educational environment that is just and affirming for every child.

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All School Concert

Celebrating Black History and Culture

The performing arts department presented a celebration of Black history and culture which combined the talents of students and faculty members from across our school, including a combined chorus, string orchestra, and wind ensemble that in total included more than 150 musicians on stage at the same time.

Faculty

Erik Wilker

Director, Administrative and Strategic Affairs

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Erik Wilker

Northwestern University – B.A.
University of New Mexico – M.A.

Elizabeth Grumbach

Lower School Science

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Elizabeth Grumbach

Bowdoin College – B.A.
Columbia Unversity’s Teacher’s College – M.Ed.

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